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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

147 firms breached midday break rules

The Ministry of Labour reported the vast majority of inspected companies complied with the law with 77,522 facilities passing inspection during the three-month period.

DUBAI // One hundred and forty seven companies were found to have breached the midday break law that ban labourers working during the hottest time of the day in summer, according to the Ministry of Labour.

The ministry reported the vast majority of inspected companies complied with the law with 77,522 facilities passing inspection during the three-month period.

With 99.69 per cent of the establishments in compliance, the undersecretary of the ministry, Mubarak Saeed Al Dhaheri, said that the level of commitment by employers has significantly increased compared to when the ban was initially enforced over 10 years ago.

The ministry also said it had conducted almost 28,000 visits to raise awareness about the law this summer.

Companies that were found to deny labourers the two-and-a-half hour break from June 15 to September 15 faced closure and fines of up to Dh15,000 per violation.

tsubaihi@thenational.ae